John Woo’s “Red Cliff” is one of my more anticipated films of 2008. It’s got everything I can ask for in a movie — an epic scale, massive combat, Tony Leung, and the style of John Woo to choreograph it all. Tell me that doesn’t sound like a great movie to you. (And yes, I’m going to pretend like “Windtalkers” never happened. That one was just weird. With Nicolas Cage, how could it not be weird?) “Red Cliff” (alternatively known as “The Battle of Red Cliff”) is John Woo’s return to his Chinese roots, and marks his first non-Hollywood movie in a long while. It’s also an incredibly expensive movie, so maybe John didn’t forget all those bad habits he learned in Tinseltown after all. Here, then, are a buttload of movie images from “Red Cliff”.
A somewhat convoluted (and poorly worded) description of the movie:
The upcoming historical drama Battle Of Red Cliff is by John Woo’s most ambitious so far. It will be based on one part of classic Chinese novel Romance Of The Three Kingdom. It will depict the battle fought with over one million men in 208 AD. During the battle the joint force of two warlords Sun Quan and Liu Bei defeated the much stronger invading army led by warlord Cao Cao. Shortly after the battle, the Han dynasty officially ended and China split to three kingdoms.